Huckabee on Daughter Being Asked to Leave Red Hen Restaurant: We Are 'Losing Our Liberty'
Mike Huckabee said that after his daughter and her family were kicked out of a Virginia restaurant last week, he's concerned with people losing their liberty in America.
The former Arkansas governor's daughter, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, was booted from The Red Hen in Lexington, Va. Friday night because of her affiliation with the Trump administration.
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Huckabee said Monday on "Fox News @ Night" that his daughter handled the situation in a skillful, respectful and classy way.
He added that the encounter, still, is of concern for American citizens.
“When you deny one person’s liberty because you don’t like what they say or what they do or what they think, then we all are losing our liberty," he said.
While former Obama adviser David Axelrod initially defended the White House press secretary following the incident, he later tweeted that Sanders "lacks standing" until President Trump stops "regularly insulting opponents" and "inciting his supporters."
I have said it was wrong to eject @PressSec from a VA restaurant. Not good or even effective.
But unless & until @POTUS stops regularly insulting opponents & inciting his supporters, Sanders lacks standing when she lectures others about the need for civility, as she did today.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 25, 2018
Huckabee disagreed with Axelrod's statement.
"[Sanders] just wanted to have a quiet dinner with her family," Huckabee said. "Frankly, if I were running a business, I'd want to have the money of the people I didn't like and agree with."
"I would never turn their business away just because they disagreed with me."
Kipps Restaurant in S Wales NY looks like my kind of place! pic.twitter.com/BM1p2O2yjH
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2018
He explained that Sanders and her husband went home after the incident, while the rest of the family went across the street to another restaurant. Huckabee said the owner of The Red Hen followed them and along with a group of demonstrators kept yelling at the family.
Huckabee also addressed a tweet he sent out over the weekend that was met with backlash.
The tweet showed a photo of what appeared to be gang members with the message from Huckabee, "Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House."
Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House. pic.twitter.com/yKDhkVubck
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018
He said the tweet was in satire, and that many people were making the message about race.
"What race was I talking about? I was talking about a criminal gang," he said. "A gang is not a race. People who murder, who rape, who mutilate little children ... that's not a race of people."
Watch the interview above.